What I Learned: This Amazing Table

The table is done and I’m blown away. In the words of Bernie Van De Yacht, who said the same thing about his North Hollywood kitchen remodel, “I can’t stop […]

The Southwest Log Cabin Porch

This porch brings us back to a warm, simple time that is still full of color and life. It actually reminds us of the rustic yet luxurious Ahwahnee Hotel in Yosemite, which we […]

Would This Make Your Cat Purr?

Cats get out without getting eaten. I’m not a cat person so I can’t judge this home-improvement innovation. Would your own kitty like a “cat run” like […]

It’s Official: Barter Works

So what do you do when your prized market umbrella goes flying off in the wind and breaks two spokes? And what do you do when your avocado trees are putting out so much fruit […]

Porch Patrol: Simple and Cozy

This is a simple and cozy covered porch, but I wonder: Does anyone use it? I’ve walked by this house many, many times and have never seen anyone using it. Maybe they […]

Add a Front Porch; Save the World

Have you ever driven or walked past a house that was so alluring, so charming, so warmly inviting that you felt an urge to go in and sit a spell? I bet that house had a front […]

New: A non-toxic primer from Kilz

Q: What’s even better than blocking stains with KILZ primer-sealer? A: Doing so without poisoning yourself. I’ve been a fan of KILZ stain-blocking primer for […]

Aerial hedge trimming

Here’s a photo from the quirky former website Burbia.com. This fellow found a unique solution to that pesky hedge-trimming job. This beats the heck out of standing on […]

Recalled: Log Swings Missing Nail

  Got one of these log swings? Make sure all the nails are in place. I don’t really know why I’ve become so obsessed with recalled home-related goods. Some […]

Help! Invading Bamboo!

It looks cute, but this thing could take over your yard and your neighbor’s yard. Question: Could you post an article on the responsible way to plant bamboo? Proper […]

The Accidental Froggery

I never planned on creating a gathering place for frogs, known as a froggery. But I did nevertheless. It started with a simple fountain on my back patio, which I set up in a […]

New Hope for Old Patio Furniture

Reader Jose wrote in to suggest getting worn patio furniture refurbished as an alternative to hauling it to the landfill. What a concept. While Native Americans suggest […]

Scene From the Street: Tiled Mailbox

Well, why not? Got a square foot or two of 3/4-inch tile left over from your kitchen or bathroom project? Here’s an idea seen on a Southern California street. I’m […]

Tile Artist’s Home Is Her Canvas

Back in the 1980s, Michelle Griffoul chose her home for one reason. “It had forklift access to the backyard,” said Michelle, who bought the home, in the Santa […]

Doggie Doo Doo? Please Don’t

Seen while walking . . . here are some ways urbanites try to keep dogs and their droppings off private property. Now if only dogs could learn to read, we’d be all set. […]

A Cool, Mod Overhang Option

As I asked in an earlier posting, what do you do if your front entrance is without distinction? Or your side or rear entrances, for that matter? Arnie and Lily chose one […]
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